Trish Wylie and Ally Blake are having a slight fight about who gets to use a certain very handsome man as thier hero. It is all in good fun, but it got me to thinking.
I subscribe to the Kate Walker musing that if you gave 10 different authors the same premise, you would end up with 10 very different stories.
I think that is true with the photo. It is up to the indivdual author to breathe life into the character. The two heroes may be doppelgangers but underneath the way they react will be different. Each author will describe her hero in her own unique voice.
At the moment, I know the slight inspiration of A Noble Captive --Eric Banna is inspiring Julie Cohen. I suspect he will be a different sort of character than the man I described. For one thing, we are talking different millenia here.
My next edge of the mind inspiration, James Purefoy was shared with Anna Lucia. Again, I am certain the heroes are very different. One is a Roman pirate sort and the other a Frenchman. I was sort of surprised when Anna siad -- oh but I am using him...It also means I can;t wait to read her book and see her interpretation.
My current hero has been inspired in part by Christain Bales. You have to love his voice. Quiet, calm and oh so sexy. See Howl's Moving Castle or Batman Begins. I fully expect/hope others out there feel the same way.
Besides after I have finished with my heroes, hopefully they go on to become someone else's crush...